We know that taking care of your mental wellbeing isn’t always your first priority. It’s the kind of task many of us prefer to avoid, hoping our feelings and thoughts will go away on their own. Or we’re not sure where to begin when it comes to finding the right person to help us.
Choosing the right practice and the right psychologist will depend on your individual needs. You may want to find one practitioner, or work with multiple people to address different aspects of your health.
Trust and credibility is critical
Therapy and counselling offered by Lives Lived Well Specialist Centre is delivered by registered and clinical psychologists—highly qualified mental health professionals that use evidence-based approaches.
Our practice is run by one of Queensland’s leading non-profits in the space of counselling and drug rehabilitation. We are well-established and community-focused, with a long-term commitment to supporting people experiencing problems.
We offer all patients understanding, compassion and a non-judgemental environment in which to explore and address a wide variety of health concerns. Our practitioners are warm and welcoming, they start by listening to you.
Real-life advice from SANE Australia
When SANE asked their Facebook community for real-life tips on how to choose a psychologist, this is what users suggested:
- Start by working with a solid, reliable GP who understands mental health
- Book a longer GP consultation and get your initial mental health assessment and treatment plan right from the beginning
- Give it time—your first few sessions may be challenging as you become more used to opening up, and going forward it can be hard work (but it works)
- You and your psychologist should develop and refine your strategy together, so you have ownership
- Research, read reviews and bios, and find psychologists that have experience with your condition or symptoms
- Don’t be afraid to change and try a different therapist if your gut says it’s not a good fit
- It helps if your psychologist has a good sense of humour.